By 1973, INCO had rather continued its exploration programs within Hoyle Township which was located 2 miles from the Kidd Creek Mine. Drilling and geological surveying which was undertaken had resulted in a number of gold assays that average 0.22 ounces of gold (Au) per ton. The Owl Creek Mine was place under hold for the next few years before an optioning agreement was made.in 1980.
The 1980, option agreement was awarded to Texas Gulf Canada, Limited, which was establish between the Canadian Nickel Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inco, Limited. Most of this agreement was made in order to explore a gold property which was located 2 miles west of the Hoyle Township Concentrator. Plans at the time were being made to conduct underground explorations, and bulk sampling on a 60-40 joint venture basis with Canadian Nickel. Diamond drilling that was done along a strike of 400 feet had indicated an average grade of 0.22 ounces of gold (Au) per ton in 5 holes over an average width of 10 feet. Gold assays that were pick up from drilling had also range from 0.15 ounces over 15 feet to 0.27 ounces over 9 feet. Other exploratory work had also indicated to parrellel zones with lower grade gold (Au) values over widths of 42 feet. Explorations at the time were rather also being funded by Placer Dome, and Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited. This had also resulted in open pit mining operations to extract the high-tonnage near surface deposit, However, this was completed stoped as there was not enough labour at the time to operate at a fully scale. From this development the company reported that about 200,000 tonnes of stock piled ore was taken which average 5 g/t gold, or 0.145 ounces of gold (Au) per ton. Much of the material which was within the stockpile ore section had been used as smelter flux or was blended with higher grading rock from the Hoyle Pond Mine
Some more development work had soon taken place when Texas Canada, Limited had started developing the decline ramp in order to access the Owl Creek Gold Deposit. A deep diamond drilling program was officially start in order to test the ore -reserves below the open pit operation. This had also resulted in the Owl Creek West Gold Project that included a joint venture between Kidd Creek Mines and Syngold Exploration. The Owl Creek West Project was also being widely explored during this time period which had ended up causing a lot of excitement. Most of this exploratory work had intersected a wide zone of high-value gold that was located in the heart of the TImmins Mining Camp.It was diamond drill hole H13-34 that returned an average assay of 0.18 ounces of gold per ton over 173.9 feet. In addition to this, it had also included a 78.7 ft interval averaging 0.32 ounces of gold per ton (Au). Drilling during this time period had had been accomplished by the use of three drills to test for extensions of the ore-body. Other reports had stated that the Owl Creek West |Project is commonly known to also be opened along strike, and both updip, and downdip. Another machine at the time was investigating other targets within the property, and the potentials geological structures. The Owl Creek Property is commonly known to be on two continuous claims covering about 80 acres, and adjoins the Owl Creek Mine.
Development was further continued when Texas Gulf had extended the decline ramp to a depth of 300 feet below the surface. Some more statements from the company reported that the drift was extended westward where it had intersected the first ore-body known as the Owl No. 1. Other plans at the time were also being made towards developing an open pit operation in order to recover 1 million tonnes of ore.on the west part of the main ore-body.Drilling which was completed at the Owl Creek Mine had indicated ore-reserves of 2.5 million tonnes of ore at 0.15 ounces of gold (Au) per ton.
1981 - INCO, and Texas Gulf (Joint Venture Agreements)
It was in 1981, when production at the time was being scheduled under joint venture agreements with INCO, and Texas Gulf. Most of this development at the time was also being done by open pit mining methods as the gold ore in greywacke was discovered near the surface. Prior to this, it was reported that the open pit was engineered to the west end of the deposit, and was scheduled for mining 1,000,000 tonnes at 200,000 tonnes of ore annually. Ore at the present time in which was taken from the pit became stockpiled as it was awaiting treatment at the Kidd Creek Mill in Hoyle Township in 1982. Following this development it became reported that underground lateral work was also proceeding on an exploratory basis at the time. Mining operations at the Owl Creek Mine were temporarly suspended but plans were being made to resume mining operations in 1985.
1985 - INCO and Texas Gulf Joint Venture
Production which was achieved at the Owl Creek Mine in 1985, had amounted to 280,000 tonnes of gold ore in greywacke. Processing which was completed had also treated a total of 260,000 tonnes of ore at the Pamour Porcupine Mines Mill under custom basis. There was also an additional 20,000 tonnes that was stockpiled at the Kidd Creek Copper Concentrator for treatment after the Rock Crusher was upgraded. Other experimental ore testing runs were done throughout the early 1980's, and soon had average a mill head of 3.9 grams of gold per ton of ore. Most of the ore within this time period was mainly taken from the third, and fourth benches as the lowest level of the pit was the fifth bench. Predictions at the time were also made towards the life of the operation as it was reported that it would have 9 benches in total. Ore reserves at the Owl Creek Mine were estimated at 725,000 tonnes to the end of 1985.
1986- Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited acquires Texas Gulf, and the Owl Creek Deposit.
It was within 1986, when Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited had acquired Texas Gulf in which the property was transferred over to the companies holdings. Production during the operating year of 1986, had amounted to 134,672 tonnes of ore containing 0.161 ounces of gold (Au) per tonne. Within this time period a total of 57,150 tonnes was processed under contract basis at the Schumacher Mill that was wholly owned by Pamour Porcupine Mines, Limited. At the time it became reported that the ore was treated through a conventional cyanide circuit whereas the other mill supplied a jig, and flotation circuit. Most of this processing was only done till May, 1986, and on July, 1986, a total of 15,400 tonnes of ore was milled at the Pamours GoMill. This had also resulted in milling the remaining ore at Asarco Exploration of Canada, Limited's on-site mill at the Aquarius Deposit. A small amount of higher grade production that came from the mine was also treated at the company's Hoyle Metallurgical site.
It was in mid June, 1986, when mining operations had came to complete stop at the Owl Creek Open Pit, and became resumed in late 1986. For the most part, production was mainly stop due to the removal of 70,000 tonnes of ore which was done in preparation for commencing production in 1987.Predictions were also made to mine a total of 170,000 tonnes of ore from the open pit, which would be stockpiled. Ore was rather being prepared to be treated for two months within a spare circuit in the base metal miil that was operated at the Hoyle Metallurgical Site. In other terms this would produce a jig, and float concentrate that would be sent to the smelter at the Kidd Creek Mine.
Mining operations at the historical Owl Creek Mine were being mined from the fifth bench at a depth of 50 m below the surface. From all development planning, the company had made predictions to mine a total of 9 benches from the Owl Creek Open Pit Gold Project. It was also within this time period when the remaining ore reserves within the Owl Creek Project were set at 671,307 tonnes containing 0.146 ounces of gold (Au) per ton.
1987 - Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited
Production from the Owl Creek Open Pit Gold Mine had amounted to a total of 176,695 tonnes of ore within 1987. It was also within this time period when the mill had produce a total gold recovery of 30,500 ounces of gold (Au). During 1987, the average head-grade for the mill was known to have been at 6.2 grams per ton of ore mined, which was 0.182 ounces of gold (Au) per ton. All the high-grade ore that amount to 17% of all production was also milled at the companies concentrator in Hoyle Township. There was also 45% of the ore that was processed within the spare circuit at the company's base metal concentrator at Kidd Creek. A total of 38% of all mined ore was also done under contract basis at the Ascaro Exploration of Canada's Milling facility at the Aquarius Deposit. All the ore that was mined from the Owl Creek Deposit was mainly taken from the sixth bench. Other statements had stated that the tenth bench would be the last bench to be mined at a depth of 106 m below the bedrock surface. It was at this point in time when the remaining ore reserves within the Owl Creek Deposit were estimated at 420,000 tonnes containing 4.5 grams of gold per ton of ore mined. In addition to this, there was also a total of 15,000 tonnes of ore that was mined, and stockpiled, at a grade of 4.5 grams of gold (Au) per ton With mining operations continuing it was also stated that most of the ore was being stock piled at the time. Most of the ore that was place under custom milling contract basis was also scheduled to end by the end of 1987. Exploratory drilling was also started at the mine in which was aimed at testing the ore-body beneath the open pit, and had totaled 5,180 feet. Further exploratory work in drilling was aimed at projecting an outline for potential ore in order to commence underground mining operations.By the end of 1987, the company had completed a total length of 1,158 feet of delineate drilling to outline the ore body
1988 - Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited
By 1988, Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited had succeeded Texas Gulf in acquiring the option to the Owl Creek Mine, and other projects. Production that was undertaken at the Owl Creek Mine had amounted to 189.000 tonnes of ore containing a grade of 4.5 grams per ton of ore. Plans at the time were mainly being aimed at having a much higher production of 220,000 tonnes of ore. Most of this was due to the fact that the north wall of the pit had failed, and this resulted in a 250,000 tonnes of greywacke that caved into the pit. A total of 7,556 tonnes of ore was rather processed at the Diepdaume Gold Mine, and the remaining 50,000 tonnes of ore was processed through the Falconbridge Mill. Within this processing phase, there was an additional 35,000 tonnes of high-silica ore that was used as smelter flux, and the remainder of the ore became stockpiled. Other plans were also being made in regards to mixing the stockpile ore with the Hoyle Pond Ore for milling purposes. A total of 16,400 ounces of gold was recovered from the ore treated at the mill.
Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited had also estimated that the open-pit mining of the Owl Creek deposit will be completed in 1989. Mining operations at the Owl Creek Mine were additionally taking place on the seventh bench, and mining was planned on the eight bench in 1989. Plans at the time for mining the ninth, and tenth benches were awaiting the results from further exploratory work, and would possibly be mined from underground. It was also within this operating year when underground development had officially started at the Owl Creek Deposit. Most of this was followed by further exploratory work when diamond drilling amount to 5,945 feet from the existing underground workings. Results which were obtained from this drilling phases were rather used as guidance towards the ramp construction, and to also locate the extent of the Graphite Zone. Development on the ramp within 1988, was mainly aimed at further extending the workings when 500 m was completed. For the most part, it became reported that the ramp it self was officially started on the 105-foot level, and was scheduled to be completed to the 195-foot level by the end of the first quarter of 1989. There was also an additional 18,771 feet of surface diamond drilling that was done within the operating year of 1988.
1989 - Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited
It was rather by June, 1989, when open pit mining was officially completed under contract for benches 7, and 8. Mining of the ore during this time period had rather amounted to 62,000 tonnes that was milled in 1989, and a total of 87,000 tonnes of material was used as flux at the Kidd Creek Smelter. Prior to this, the underground development exploration program was also completed by the contractors in March, 1989. Following this completion there was also an additional 18,000 m of exploration diamond drilling done Ore reserves within the open pit floor, and underground were currently being recalculated within this time period. From all mining there was still a total of 200,000 tonnes of stockpile ore still remaining on the surface for further treatment.
1990 - Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited
Within 1990. Falconbridge Nickel Mines, Limited had continued the contract for an additional 1,396 m of exploratory diamond drilling that was done. Most of this was aimed at doing follow ups on the grade, and extent of the ore in which was completed by development in 1989. It was also within this time period when the purpose for the program was aimed at defining the deposit beneath the Owl Creek Open Pit Operation. For the most part. it was also at this time when the company had made plans for possible mining of further ore reserves. Within 1990, the company had also used a large amount of flux ore, in which the remaining stock pile ore of flux was 96,000 tonnes, containing 3.8 grams of gold per ton. There was also between 60 to 80 thousand tonnes of stockpile ore that had remained on the surface of the Owl Creek Mine.